An Update On ISIS Activities

September 13, 2018

 

Two Yazidi Girls Return to Their Families

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Sadr announces leadership agreement on a new, non-partisan Prime Minister. [..]

CoR temporary chairman sets Saturday meeting to elect the CoR Speaker. [..]

$10 million in Daesh cash reportedly found in rubble at Mosul University. [..]

 

Syria

Pentagon asks Egypt, Jordan, Gulf states to do more in Syria. [..]

SDF kills 41 Daesh fighters in Albu Kamal campaign.​​ [..]

Yazidi girl freed in Syria says there are 11 more held by Daesh in Hajin, but some don’t intend to return. [..]

Syrian forces kill 20 Daesh fighters in Suwayda ambush. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Jordan: ​​​​ Jordan arrests 3 more members of Al-Balqa terrorist cell. [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

On Thursday, Moqtada Al-Sadr said that senior Iraqi political leaders have agreed on an independent figure to lead the new Iraqi government. He said the person was selected without regard to party or sectarian divisions, but instead based on​​ expertise, experience, and integrity. He​​ noted​​ that some politicians quickly rejected him,​​ a response​​ which​​ Al-Sadr said​​ would “lead Iraq back to square one; back to corruption in a new​​ thobe​​ (traditional robe).​​ [Anadolu]

 

Ali Zayni, the most senior MP in the CoR,​​ and thus its temporary chairman,​​ says that the CoR session on Saturday will select the Speaker of the CoR as the first step towards selecting the President and the Prime Minister. He says that the situation in Iraq, mainly in Basra, is too serious to wait any longer. [BasNews]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

General Paul LaCamera assumed command of the Coalition from outgoing General Paul Funk in a ceremony in Baghdad on Thursday. In a speech, General Funk thanked the Iraqi partners of the Coalition and expressed his confidence that Daesh would be​​ fully​​ defeated. [InherentResolve]

 

Foreign policy

The Central Bank of Iraq says it is​​ no longer​​ subject to EU sanctions imposed during the former regime (i.e. under Saddam Hussein). Dealings between European financial institutions and the Central Bank​​ are no longer​​ banned. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Other

The Gallup polling institution says that 2017 was the year with the most suffering in over a decade, based on an opinion poll of citizens from 145 countries. The country leading Gallup’s “negative experience index” was the Central Africa Republic, but it was followed by Iraq in second place. [BasNews]

 

BAGHDAD​​ (No reports)

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A police source says​​ that 2​​ men wanted on terrorism​​ charges were arrested in​​ the​​ Nazal and Jubeil neighborhoods in Falluja. Weapons and fake IDs were also​​ seized. [BasNews]​​ 

 

Daesh said it severely wounded a tribal PMF commander and destroyed his vehicle with a sticky IED on Kamaliyat Street in Falluja city, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep13]

 

Rutba

Daesh said it killed or wounded 13 Iraqi Army soldiers and destroyed 2 machine gun-mounted vehicles with several IEDs east of Rutba, on the road to Trebil,​​ by the Jordan border, on Tuesday. [ICDNSep13]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that PMF units shot down a small Daesh drone that was carrying a locally made explosive inside a soda can near Makhoul. The drone flew from the Makhoul Mountains area.

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that a civilian was killed when a roadside IED exploded on his vehicle north of Shirqat. ​​ 

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it killed two SWAT members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in the Al-Hamra area, north of Tikrit, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

A breaking news item says​​ Daesh has​​ assassinated an intelligence officer in Yathrib subdistrict, south of Balad. [Dijlah]

Daesh said on Thursday it killed an IFP Intelligence member in his house in the Bajili area, in Yathrib. [A3maq] [ICDNSep13]

 

Daesh said it killed​​ two “spies,” from the​​ IFP and PMF,​​ in their respective houses in the Farahatiya area​​ of​​ Ishaqi​​ subdistrict, on Tuesday. [A3maq] [ICDNSep13]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

A security source in Diyala Province said on Thursday that a team from the Diyala police captured a Daesh operative referred to as the “emir​​ of safehouses” after​​ luring​​ him to a restaurant near Baquba. [BaghdadToday]

 

Diyala Police Chief Faisal Al-Abadi said on Thursday that Daesh had attempted to infiltrate the city of Baquba via “sleeper cells,” but had been thwarted by the intelligence efforts of the Diyala​​ Police. [Sumaria]

 

Central Diyala (Muqdadiya/Abu Saida)

A senior Iraqi military source said that an operation had begun on Thursday in Diyala Province to hunt down Daesh members in the​​ villages​​ of Al-Banan and Shouk Al-Reem. [Youm7]​​ 

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin,​​ Khalis​​ north)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that a PMF commander was killed when an IED exploded on his vehicle near his house in Khanaqin. The source said security situation in Khanaqin had deteriorated during the last week and several PMF members were assassinated.​​ 

 

KIRKUK

Southwest (Daquq, Rashad,​​ Taza,​​ etc.)

Kirkuk police say that Daesh fighters sneaked​​ into a clinic in Daquq​​ District and kidnapped an ambulance driver,​​ and​​ also stole​​ medicine. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

In an apparently separate incident, a security source said on Thursday that Daesh had kidnapped 2 civilians from the village of Haftghar, Daquq​​ District. [Mawazin]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that two Military Intelligence Service EOD members were killed while trying to defuse a booby-trapped house in Tal Al-Sha’er village. The source said the house, which belonged to a PMF commander, was empty and had been booby-trapped by Daesh the night before.​​ 

 

Mosul​​ city

An Arab newspaper wrote on Thursday that 10 million dollars had been found under the rubble of a building at the University of Mosul. Local and security sources were quoted as saying that Daesh had used that building as a headquarters for its “Islamic Police” and finance​​ office. The money has reportedly been set aside. [Sumaria]

 

General Sa’ad Ma’an, Ministry of the Interior spokesman, says that emergency units of the Ninewa police arrested 6 Daesh operatives in​​ the​​ Al-Mithaq,​​ Al-Qahira,​​ and​​ Tahrir​​ neighborhoods in west Mosul,​​ and​​ Al-Muthanna​​ in east Mosul. [Baghdadia]​​ [BaghdadPost]

 

Western​​ Ninewa

Tal Afar

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that Iraqi Army 15th​​ division and local police units captured a suicide terrorist and confiscated his vehicle bomb near Owainat village, in Rabia subdistrict in northern Tal Afar. The source said people of the village had killed 3 Daesh suicide terrorists last month. The source sent us photos of the vehicle bomb.​​ 

The Center for Security Information says that the 15th​​ Army Division engineering team defused a car bomb in Owainat. The car contained 7 explosive belts and 5 IEDs. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Southern Ninewa

Hatra

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the Iraqi Army 9th​​ division captured 2 men near Khunaifis village who were smuggling weapons and food items to Daesh terrorists in the nearby desert. The source sent us photos of the 2 men.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

ERBIL

Masoud Barzani, leader of the KDP, met in Erbil on Thursday with the US Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk, as well as US Ambassador Douglas Silliman. They reportedly discussed the latest efforts to form the Iraqi government, and the upcoming CoR session on Saturday. [Forat]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ These two high-level officials did not fly to Erbil just to have a general discussion of current political trends. What did they really talk about? McGurk is spending so much time in Iraq lately that he must qualify​​ to be​​ an official resident.​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkish units killed 3 PKK fighters in Bingol, southeastern Turkey. [Anadolu]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

A senior UN Official sent the coordinates for about 235 protected sites in Idlib Province to Russia, Turkey and the US-led Coalition, in​​ an effort to protect them from the​​ anticipated​​ attack on Idlib. Panos Moumtzis, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis, reported that a high-ranking Russian official stated that every effort was being made to arrive at a peaceful solution.​​ [Qasioun]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ See comment​​ below.

 

Russia

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, says that Russia is ready to discuss a compromise between​​ the​​ Astana​​ formula​​ and the​​ so-called “minimized international group” (a smaller subset of the countries that participated in the Vienna talks)​​ to support Syria based on international law, respecting Syrian unity and independence. [Qasioun]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ The Russians will be supportive of any formula that leaves Assad in power.​​ Beyond that, they will be as flexible as necessary and the diplomatic​​ malarkey​​ will be adjusted as necessary.

 

Foreign policy

United States

The Pentagon asked that the Gulf countries, Egypt, and Jordan play a bigger role in Syria, in a meeting of the​​ armed forces​​ Chiefs of Staff for these countries. [Dorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Deputy Commander of the Coalition, Major General Felix Gedney, says that Daesh is still a threat to Syria, Iraq, and the UK. Speaking to the​​ UK​​ Independent, Gedney says that the whereabouts of Al-Baghdadi are unknown. He says that Daesh is turning into something like a rebel group that utilizes hit-and-run tactics. He said that there were still hundreds of Daesh fighters, but he​​ did not know​​ the number of Britons among them.​​ [Sumaria]​​ 

 

Northwest​​ (No reports)

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

A minibus exploded in southern Tal Hamis, Qamishli​​ District, killing the driver and wounding 2 children. [Hawar]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the SDF freed​​ Inas Rasho,​​ a Yazidi girl that was taken by an Iraqi Daesh family in Al-Hawl Camp. The source says the family, originally from Baaj, had escaped to Dashisha but the​​ girl was then kept in the​​ camp for 4 years. The source said the SDF​​ arrested the family and handed over the girl to the Kurdish Asayesh, who returned the girl to her family in Sinjar.​​ 

 

Raqqa

Raqqa city​​ & district

Daesh said it killed three SDF members with an IED near Al-Haws village, in Karama subdistrict east of Raqqa city, on Wednesday. [A3maq]

Another Daesh media source said the IED was planted in a parked motorcycle. [ICDNSep13]

 

Central and West​​ 

Hama

A Syrian opposition group says it badly wounded General Hussein Khasara of the Syrian Army, using an IED, in Salamiyah​​ District​​ in eastern Hama. [Dorar]

 

Homs

The front between Daesh and the Syrian Army is now extending from Deir Ez-Zor and Homs to Al-Tanaf, near the border with Iraq and Jordan. The SOHR says that Syrian government forces are making advances. [SyriaHR]​​ 

DaeshDaily reports.​​ We have no reports of large concentrations of Daesh fighters in this elongated stretch of territory. This may indicate that Daesh in Syria is already doing what it has done in Iraq—moving into the desert and fighting in small units with hit and run tacticsbut the Syrian military has fewer assets deployable to counter these tactics than Iraq does, and unlike Iraq it does not have the world-class​​ Coalition​​ air support.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said on Thursday it killed seven SDF members and destroyed their vehicle in an ambush near Al-Azraq Oilfield, north of Deir Ez-Zor. [ICDNSep13]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SDF says it has killed 41 Daesh fighters in the past 2 days in Deir Ez-Zor Province, and that 6 SDF fighters had been killed in the same period. The SDF said in a statement that the Coalition had also been carrying out airstrikes on Daesh locations, and that fighting was ongoing. [BasNews]

 

The SDF media office reported on Thursday that the battle against Daesh in Al-Baghouz had so far resulted in taking 3 square kilometers of land and killing 23 Daesh fighters. [Hawar]

 

The SOHR reported continued SDF/Coalition operations against Daesh in Al-Baghouz and Hajin, including heavy air and artillery shelling. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that the SDF freed​​ Fayrouz Hazem,​​ a Yazidi girl who had been captured by Daesh,​​ after getting information from families that were escaping Hajin. The source said the girl informed the SDF that there are more than 11 Yazidi girls held captive by Daesh in Hajin. Some of them have children and don’t intend to return to their families in Iraq.​​ 

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of “the agriculture” in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNSep13]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Photos of a couple of terrorists and some eggplants is all that Daesh’s agricultural activities are about these days. ​​ 

 

Daesh published on Thursday photos of targeting SDF position north of Baghouz Foqani village with mortars. [ICDNSep13]

 

Pro-Daesh media says that dozens of pro-government militia fighters were killed and wounded in battles with Daesh in Hamimiya and the “T2” pumping station. [Qasioun]

 

South​​ 

Daraa/Quneitra

On Thursday morning, the Syrian Army violated an agreement​​ (which had been ratified in Daraa with Russian approval) and raided homes and arrested 3 people in Daraa. 2 of them were former members of the Free Syrian Army and one of them was the former leader of the local council of Daraa. It is unknown where they were taken. [Dorar]

 

Suwayda

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Thursday that government forces ambushed a convoy of Daesh fighters near Al-Safa Hills, east of Suwayda, killing 20 fighters, including an Iraqi commander, and destroying 3 SUVs.

 

Battles between Daesh and the Syrian Army are continuing on the border between Rif Damashq and Suwayda, mainly in the Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills) area. Daesh is still holding over 30 women and children as hostages. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Jordan

On Thursday, the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate announced the identities of 3 members of the Al-Balqa terror cell: Ahmad Al-Nusur, Ahmad Odeh, and Diaa Al-Fuwair. They were arrested last month during an armed confrontation with Jordanian security after they bombed a security patrol in the city of Al-Fuheis​​ near Salt in Al-Balqa Governorate. The detainees confessed that they had been planning to attack Al-Balqa intelligence and district services, and a video of their​​ confession was broadcast on state television. The events in Al-Balqa Governorate in August resulted in killing 9 civilians and injuring dozens of others, and the arrest of “many” members of the terrorist cell, who​​ had been​​ accused of being involved in another deadly bombing earlier in August. [Anadolu] [Khaleej]

 

Saudi Arabia/Yemen

Daesh said on Thursday it stopped a Houthi attack on the Za’aj area, in Walad Rabi’a’ district, northwest of Baidha, killing or wounding several fighters and forcing the rest to flee. [ICDNSep13] [A3maq]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said it killed an Egyptian Army member, wounded three others, and destroyed their military vehicle with a rocket west of Rafah, on Wednesday. [ICDNSep13]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

UNITED STATES

Republicans in the US Senate are proposing sanctions against pro-Iran military groups related to the Revolutionary Guards. The sanctions are related to Iran-funded terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

EUROPE

Ukraine

Ukrainian border guards say that they arrested a Tajik citizen believed to be a Daesh member in​​ Boryspil Airport in Kiev. The arrestee was named in the database of the Tajik police as a terrorism suspect.​​ ​​ [Ghad]​​ [FaceIraq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

A social media account linked to Daesh issued a message to Daesh’s “lone wolves” in Coalition countries. It said that Daesh’s operatives​​ have​​ tried several types of attacks, but the best way to hurt those countries is to conduct attacks that look accidental and don’t bring attention. The account suggested to Daesh’s operatives​​ to set woods, upper stories of residential towers, commercial compounds, and factories on fire, and​​ to​​ sabotage rail tracks to divert trains. It said such attacks could be repeated from time to time to cause more economic losses. [ICDNSep13]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ Daesh usually tries to conduct attacks that bring more media attention to itself. This suggested​​ tactic​​ will give Daesh the opportunity to claim any fire anywhere without so much effort. ​​ 

 

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September 12, 2018

 

Terrorist Attack in Baiji

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Al-Sadr, Al-Amiri now working together to form governing coalition without Al-Abadi. [..]

Suicide bomber kills several PMFs near Al-Qa’im. [..]

Iraqi Army kills 13 Daesh fighters in Shirqat gunfight. [..]

Suicide terrorists stage two deadly​​ attacks​​ in Baiji. [..]

Iraqi Human Rights Commission says Basra has 60,000 cases of water contamination. [..]

 

Syria

Independent commission says 1 million Syrians displaced in last 6 months.​​ [..]

Guterres, others pressuring Syria, Russia to avoid attack on Idlib.​​ [..]

UN investigators say Syria used chlorine gas in Idlib, Douma. [..]

SDF, Coalition attack Daesh positions in Albu Kamal, northern Deir Ez-Zor. [..]

 

Other countries

Libya: ​​ Clashing militias cause closing of Tripoli airport. [..]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

New​​ government

Al-Sadr’s Sairun alliance and Hadi Al-Amiri’s Al-Fath (Conquest) alliance announced that they were forming a coalition that they said would govern Iraq. Al-Sadr and Al-Amiri held a joint press conference, at which Al-Sadr said that the meeting was very positive, and that Sairun and Al-Fath maintained their alliances​​ with the​​ Al-Wataniya (National) and​​ Al-Hikma (Wisdom) alliances. Al-Fath also said in a statement that Al-Sadr and Al-Amiri had agreed on​​ nominees​​ for the 3 head positions in Iraq,​​ although the​​ statement did not name these figures. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This seems like a surprise development, though it follows immediately after Sistani’s reported comments against potential Prime Ministers already rejected by voters—which would eliminate both Al-Abadi and Al-Maliki. The larger implications of the story will have to wait for further clarification. In the meantime, an actual governing coalition​​ still remains​​ to be created.

 

Zafir Al-‘Ani, a leader in Osama Al-Nujaifi’s Al-Qarar (Decision) alliance, said on Wednesday that Sunni​​ political​​ leader Khamis Al-Khanjar had left the group and joined the Al-Fath/Rule of Law alliance due to “political pressure and international interventions.” [BasNews]

 

An Arab newspaper says that some political parties are mediating in the political​​ struggle over​​ forming the government in Iraq. Some mediators are politicians from within the political process, the paper says. Those​​ politicians​​ are waiting to see which party will have the upper hand, to join it eventually. [Sumaria]

 

Reconstruction

The World Bank Group and the UK Department for International Development (DFID)​​ announced on Wednesday that they had given a $500,000 grant to support the Iraqi government in “strengthening social protection systems,” to be applied through the Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. [Ghad]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

The Babel Criminal Court says that it saw over 1,500 terror cases over the past 10 years, saying that terrorism files cannot be closed as long as there are sleeper cells, media inciting hatred, and money laundering, describing corruption as even more dangerous than terrorism. [Sumaria]

 

A security source says that Daesh is following Al-Qaeda’s steps in using women in various​​ roles, and that prostitution is one of these means. The source says that the security services are aware of this, and have already captured several women recruited by Daesh. [BaghdadToday]

 

Foreign policy

The US threatened Iran with quick and decisive action in response to any attack initiated by its proxies on US targets in Iraq. Iran recently threatened Baghdad and Erbil with continued attacks if they did not hand​​ over wanted Kurdish opposition figures. [BasNews]

 

An Iranian official called for initating a trade exchange between Iraq and Iran. This is needed, in view of the economic war against Iran, he says. He called on Iraq to reconsider their tariffs placed on Iranian commodities. [Shafaaq]

 

The Iranian Communications Minister says that 70% of Iraqi Internet traffic passes through Iran. He says that most of it passes through western Azerbaijan Province. [Forat]

 

BAGHDAD

Southeast​​ (Mada’in, etc.)

A police source says that an IED placed in a cattle market in Mada’in exploded, wounding 2 civilians. [Sumaria]

 

ANBAR

Falluja

A security source said on Wednesday that an explosion took place in the city of Falluja. No further details were available. [Sumaria]

 

Haditha

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Daesh killed 3 Nujaba’ Movement members, stole weapons and 2 military vehicles, and set a military position on fire in an attack northwest of Haditha.​​ 

Anah​​ (including Rawa)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Tuesday that Kata’eb Al-Imam Ali, a Shia PMF faction, stopped a Daesh attack near Rawa. Two PMF fighters were wounded in the attack.​​ 

Al-Qa’im

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says several​​ fighters of the Ali Al-Akbar Brigade, a Shia PMF faction, were killed when a suicide bomber, dressed in Iraq forces uniform, blew himself up near Al-Qa’im. The source says a senior AAB commander was severely wounded in the explosion.​​ 

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Ninewa Ops Command says that a gunfight between Army units and Daesh fighters left 13 Daesh fighters killed. The group entered the village of Kan’ous, between Qayara and Shirqat, before being intercepted. [BasNews]​​ 

 

The Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that Federal Police detachments had arrested​​ a​​ Daesh member in Shirqat, Salahuddin Province.​​ [Sumaria]

 

A security source says an IED explosion killed a civilian and wounded​​ two​​ others in western Shirqat. [Ghad]​​ 

 

Baiji

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source​​ said on Wednesday that at least four people, including PMF members, were killed and six others wounded when a suicide terrorist blew himself up in a restaurant in Baiji city. The source said several vehicles, including a civilian bus, were set on fire by the attack, causing more civilian casualties.

The source said another suicide terrorist blew himself up among paramedics who came for rescue, killing or wounding more than 10 people. The source said security units trapped a third suicide terrorist in Hay 600 in Baiji city.​​ 

Daesh said it killed or wounded tribal PMF fighters and destroyed their vehicle with an IED west of Baiji, on Tuesday. [ICDNSep12]​​ 

Daesh said it shot and killed two tribal PMF fighters in Baiji, on Tuesday. [A3maq]

 

Samarra

The IFP says that it defused 33 IEDs in Samarra.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

The PMF said that the 43rd​​ Brigade (Iraqi), with the help of the PMF, had stopped Daesh terrorists from infiltrating the town of Balad, Salahuddin Province. Their statement added that they had shelled the Daesh fighters with mortars after monitoring their movements. [Forat]

 

DIYALA

IFP Commander General Raed Shakir Jawdat says that the IFP arrested 4 Daesh terrorists in Diyala and Kirkuk, including “Abu Hajir​​ Al-Jubouri,” a local commander in Diyala, and his assistant. It is unclear if this total includes the 2 arrests noted below under “Hawija.” [PUKMedia]​​ 

 

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

The head of the Abbara subdistrict council, Adnan Al-Tamimi, said on Wednesday that the Imam Abu Najm shrine had been shelled with 3 mortar rounds. An investigation was opened as to the source of the shelling. The shrine is a place of pilgrimage during the month of Muharram. [BaghdadToday]

 

KIRKUK

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that three IFP members, including a 1st​​ lieutenant, were killed in a Daesh attack on Barima village. The IFP arrested 8 Daesh suspects after the attack.

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed or wounded IFP members in an attack on Al-Fakhera village, in Riyadh. It also said it destroyed an IFP vehicle with reinforcements that came to the area, killing or wounding the members inside. [A3maq] [ICDNSep12]

Daesh said on Wednesday it shot and killed two PMF members in Al-Hawayej village, in Abbasi. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Wednesday it destroyed an IFP vehicle with an IED near Al-Salam village, in Riyadh subdistrict. [A3maq]

IFP Commander General Raed Shakir Jawdat says that his forces found IEDs, an explosives cache, guesthouses, and tunnels in​​ Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Samarra. A group of IFP troops supported by drones destroyed​​ 2​​ safehouses​​ packed​​ with explosives and ammunition in Hawija.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

The Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday that Federal Police detachments had arrested 2 Daesh members in Hawija, Kirkuk Province. They had reportedly previously worked in Daesh’s “Islamic Police.”​​ [Sumaria]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

Daesh said on Wednesday it killed a PMF member, wounded another, and destroyed an SUV with an IED in Qunaitira village, southwest of Makhmur. [A3maq]

Mosul​​ city

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that National Security Service units found Daesh tunnels under the buildings of the University of Mosul and confiscated a computer, documents, and money. The source said Daesh used the tunnels as a headquarters​​ for its “Diwan Al-Mal” (treasury.) The source sent us photos of the tunnels.​​ 

Ninewa Governor Nawfal Al-‘Akoub said that around 140 families had returned from camps in Hammam Al-Alil to their homes in Mosul, following the restoration of security and services in the area. [PressIraq]

 

The IFP says it found a rocket in the village​​ of Kodila​​ (Makhmur), and​​ destroyed 3 IEDs in the​​ Al-Tanak​​ neighborhood, west Mosul.​​ [Baghdadia]​​ 

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura)

PMF and Iraqi Army units carried out a series of search operations in villages on​​ both sides of​​ the Tigris​​ River, according to a PMF statement. Among the villages searched were Al-Qasr​​ (Hamdaniya), and Albu Saif​​ and​​ Qabr​​ Al-Abd (Hammam Al-Alil). The operations found 3 Daesh tunnels and 1 safehouse. [PressIraq]​​ 

 

The Center for Security Information said in a statement on Wednesday that detachments under the Directorate of Military Intelligence had arrested the members of a “terrorist sleeper cell” in the Shura subdistrict of Mosul. [Forat]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The Iraqi Human Rights Commission says that there are now 60,000 cases of poisoning via water pollution in Basra, reaching the level of an environmental​​ disaster. The Ministry of Water Resources says that the level of salination in Basra’s water has reached 7,500 TDS (total dissolved solids); the WHO standard is that more than 1,200 TDS is unacceptable for drinking. [Anadolu]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ For context,​​ water over 10,000 TDS is defined as​​ salt water or “saline water.” The US EPA recommends no more than 500 TDS​​ for drinking water.​​ The DaeshDaily source we cited recently said that more than 6,200 of the​​ Basra​​ cases were suspected of being cholera.​​ 

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

(No reports)

 

REPORTS FROM TURKEY​​ 

 

Military & security developments

Turkish Intelligence says that it carried out an​​ operation in Latakia​​ that​​ arrested​​ Yousif Nazik, already on the Turkish “blue list” of people wanted on terrorism charges. Turkish intelligence said that he was implicated in the bombings in Reyhanlı, a Turkish town​​ in Hatay Province​​ bordering Syria, in 2013. He was transferred to Turkey for interrogation. [Anadolu]

 

The HPG reported that it killed 6 Turkish soldiers in an operation launched in southeastern Turkey. The HPG also attacked Turkish soldiers in the Sirnak region, which resulted in 1 death on their​​ own​​ side. [Hawar]

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

On Wednesday, the​​ Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria reported that more than 1,000,000​​ people​​ have been displaced​​ in​​ the first 6 months of 2018, due to attacks​​ by​​ the Syrian Army and its affiliates against areas controlled by the opposition and terrorist organizations.​​ [Qasioun] [OHCHR]

 

UN Secretary-General​​ António Guterres warned Syria against turning Idlib into a blood bath. He says that a “war on terror” does not exempt the warring parties from humanitarian responsibilities.​​ [ZamanAlwasl]

 

On Wednesday, UN investigators documented that in January and February this year, Syrian government forces used chlorine gas in Idlib and Douma (the district capital of East Ghouta), in what amounts to war crimes. [Qasioun] [Reuters]

 

Russia

Russian Special Envoy to Syria​​ Alexander Lavrentiev​​ hinted that the attack on Idlib could be delayed, to allow Turkey the time to separate the “moderates” from the “extremist” factions. [Dorar]

 

Foreign policy

Germany

On Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that he would tell Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Germany expects Moscow to ensure that there is no humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib. [Qasioun]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Syrian Kurdish units said that they had arrested the Daesh leader Adel Mousa Abd Al-Jazzar, aka Abu Karam, on Tuesday. Their statement said that Abu Karam had worked in intelligence for Daesh in many cities, including Al-Bab, Hama, Aleppo, Idlib, Raqqa, and Daraa, and claimed that he would have a lot of “valuable information” about Daesh.​​ [BasNews]​​ 

 

Northwest

Manbij​​ 

An IED exploded in Manbij near a car wash, killing a child and wounding several civilians. It is not clear whether the child was a bystander or was carrying the IED. [Rudaw]​​ 

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Daesh said it shot and killed an SDF member in the Zayanat area, south of Shaddadi, on Monday. [ICDNSep12]

Central and West​​ 

Idlib

The SOHR reported that both the Syrian Army and the opposition militias were fortifying and increasing their presence on both sides of the​​ de facto​​ border in Idlib. It estimated that around 4,000 Syrian Army soldiers were mobilized in the area, in addition to dozens of tanks and armored vehicles. [SyriaHR]

 

On Wednesday, the pro-government militia Al-Nimr made a decision that was “surprising” to their fighters, who had been stationed in Hama Province for over 20 days. Sources say that the forces withdrew from the city of Abu Dali​​ in southern Idlib​​ towards Palmyra​​ in eastern Homs. It is likely they will participate in battles against Daesh. [Dorar]

 

Homs

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on​​ Wednesday​​ that government forces, supported by Russian and Syrian aircraft, started a military campaign against remaining Daesh pockets in the Sukhnah area and the​​ eastern and southeastern deserts. The source said government forces timed the operation with the SDF and Coalition campaign against Daesh in the Albu Kamal area.

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

SDF published an account of its separate operations against Daesh in Al-Baghouz (Albu Kamal) and Al-Kasrah (northern Deir Ez-Zor District) with Coalition air support, saying that it killed a total of 41 Daesh fighters and destroyed several vehicles, cannons, and bulldozers. The SDF said that it had taken control of​​ 17 Daesh checkpoints around Al-Baghouz and 10 around Al-Kasrah.​​ 6 SDF fighters were also reported killed in the fighting. [PUKMedia]​​ [Qasioun]

 

Mayadin​​ District

The SOHR reported a Daesh attack on SDF units near the Al-Tanak oil field, killing or wounding at least 3 SDF fighters. [SyriaHR]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

Local media say that the Iraqi PMF​​ organization​​ is backing​​ the​​ Syrian SDF in its battles against Daesh in Al-Baghouz, located near the Iraq border. The​​ final​​ phase of SDF operations was announced on Tuesday. [Arabi21]

 

The SOHR reported the surrender of 3 non-Syrian Daesh fighters and 10 Daesh women to the SDF in Al-Baghouz. [SyriaHR]

 

Daesh says that it thwarted an SDF attack near Al-Susah, killing 6 SDF fighters and capturing 1. Daesh is reportedly using drones in its military operations in the area. [ZamanAlwasl]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said on Wednesday that government troops and supporting militias reinforced their military positions in the Albu Kamal area, preparing for Daesh attacks.​​ 

Daesh published on Wednesday photos of a group of its terrorists watching a propaganda video in the Albu Kamal area. [ICDNSep12]

 

South​​ 

Suwayda

The SOHR says that battles between the Syrian Army and Daesh in Tilul Al-Safa (Al-Safa Hills), near the administrative border between Rif Damashq and Suwayda, are continuing, with slow progress being made by the Syrian Army. [SyriaHR]

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source said the body of a school teacher was found near Al-Safa​​ Hills. The source said​​ Daesh had captured the victim earlier at a fake checkpoint near Hardan town.​​ 

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

North Africa

Egypt

Daesh said it killed or wounded Egyptian Army members and damaged their vehicle with an IED in Sheikh Zuweid city, on Tuesday. [ICDNSEp12]

Libya

The Ma’itika Airport, near Tripoli, suspended flights after rockets were fired nearby by competing militias; all flights will be transferred to Misrata. In another development, Daesh claimed responsibility for the failed attack on the Libyan National Oil Company on Tuesday. [BaghdadNews]

 

On Wednesday, the State Department and the UN imposed sanctions on Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran, who launched attacks on the Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Sidra. [Anadolu] [State]

 

The body of a member of the Criminal Investigations team in Sorman was found. The victim had been kidnapped around 10 days before. Eyewitnesses said that a group of armed men dropped the body off at the Zawiya hospital. [Libya24]

 

A man was shot in central Benghazi in front of his house, and received treatment at a hospital. There was no clear motive or intention​​ for​​ the shooting. [Wasat]

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

Daesh said on Wednesday that it damaged an Afghan government bulldozer with an IED in the Khalis Family area, in Jalalabad. [A3maq]

 

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September 11, 2018

 

SDF, Coalition Launch Deir Ez-Zor Campaign

 

 

 

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS

 

Iraq

Report says Al-Abadi will replace deputy PMF leader. [..]

KRG election campaign starts, with 709 candidates. [..]

Iran Army chief has no apologies for Iran’s attack on Koya. [..]

UNHCR official cites discovery of contaminated water as recent spur to Basra protests. [..]

 

Syria

French, British​​ imply they will react militarily to Syrian chemical weapons use in Idlib. [..]

SDF, Coalition officially launch final phase of Deir Ez-Zor campaign against Daesh. [..]

Human Rights Watch alleges Syrian Kurds making illegal arrests of political opponents. [..]

Report says Syrian​​ ground troops​​ in Idlib would be outnumbered by rebels. [..]

Daesh attacks kill 37 Syrian soldiers in Homs. [..]

 

Other​​ countries

Egypt:Egypt moves to confiscate assets of Morsi & other former Muslim Brotherhood​​  associates.​​ [..]

Afghanistan:Death toll in Afghanistan suicide bombing reaches​​ 32.​​ [..]

 

REPORTS FROM IRAQ

 

NATIONAL NEWS

A “senior political source” said on Tuesday that Prime​​ Minister​​ Haider Al-Abadi will dismiss Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, the Deputy Chairman of the PMF, from his position. The source said that when​​ Al-Muhandis is dismissed, the post of Deputy Chairman of the PMF will go to Maitham Al-Zaidi, Commander of the Abbas Fighting Group. [Watan]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ This could be seen as a move to fire a political opponent, but it has been understood that the PMF organization, headed largely by pro-Iran militia leaders,​​ would be​​ reorganized under​​ the overall military establishment after the war against Daesh. The political crisis following the election has​​ perhaps delayed this transition, but Al-Abadi has started making changes in that direction.  ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ This reorganization would have the not so incidental effect of limiting Iran influence in Iraqi decisions.​​ 

 

New​​ government

KRG​​ Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with US Envoy Bret McGurk to discuss the efforts to form the new government and the recent CoR session. [BasNews]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We sense that the KDP is under a lot of American pressure right now. It adopted a hard-line stance in negotiations over the new government, making demands that almost no one could politically afford to make,​​ and contributing to the ongoing stalemate,​​ but it cannot afford to offend the US,​​ its most critical ally, on whom much of its support depends. The US is highly sensitive to Iran’s efforts to facilitate a pro-Iran government​​ and is leaning on the KRG politicians to support Al-Abadi at this critical time, their issues with Baghdad notwithstanding.​​ 

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

Nechirvan Barzani​​ also​​ met with a US military delegation visiting Kurdistan, led by Coalition Commander Paul Funk. The delegation informed Barzani that General Funk was being replaced​​ with a new commander. Barzani praised the performance of General Funk and said​​ that cooperation with the Coalition will continue.​​ [Anadolu]

 

The head of the Security Committee for Abu Saida​​ in Diyala, Awad Al-Rubai’i, claimed on Tuesday that a Tunisian with the alias Abu Yahya, who had lived in Abu Saida before 2003, was the “spiritual father” of Al-Qaeda thought throughout Iraq. Al-Rubai’i said that the Tunisian had been the most important deputy of Al-Zarqawi in the so-called “wilayat​​ of Diyala,” and had spread the seeds of​​ jihadi​​ thought around the region, before being killed in 2007 in fighting with security units. [BaghdadToday]

 

Foreign policy

The Algerian Foreign Minister stated on Tuesday, during a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart in Cairo, that nothing could infringe on the relationship between Iraq and Algeria. [Anadolu]​​ This follows yesterday’s story, reported by​​ Daesh Daily, that​​ the Al-Amiri/Al-Maliki bloc​​ proposed that Iraq reconsider its relations with Algeria,​​ after Algerian hooligans at a​​ football (soccer) match between​​ Iraqi and Algerian teams​​ chanted pro-Saddam​​ slogans, prompting the Iraqi team to stop playing. ​​ 

 

BAGHDAD

Northeast​​ (Adhamiya, etc.)

A police source says that a man wanted on terrorism charges was arrested at a checkpoint in the Husseiniya neighborhood, in Adhamiya. [Sumaria]

 

East​​ (Sadr City, New Baghdad, etc.)

A security source said on Tuesday that a civilian had been shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in Sadr City. [BaghdadNews]

 

Southwest​​ (Rasheed, etc.)

Daesh claimed on Monday that it killed or wounded more than 15 Shia with 2 IEDs in Hay Al-Jihad. [A3maq] A security source had said on Monday that an IED exploded at a market in the Al-Jihad neighborhood, injuring four people. [Sumaria]

 

Total Baghdad​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 3(Includes only incidents reported)

Total IED​​ security​​ incidents reported:  ​​​​ 1

 

ANBAR

Hit/Haditha

Haditha

Daesh said that one of its suicide terrorists killed or wounded 18 Iraqi Army and Tribal PMF members and destroyed several military vehicles when he blew himself up near Haditha Hospital. [ICDNSep11]

(The original story was reported in yesterday’s issue.)

 

Hit

Daesh said it killed a Tribal PMF member with silenced guns in his house in Silaijiya village, east of Hit. [ICDNSep11]

 

The Center for Security Information said on Tuesday that units under Jazeera Ops Command had seized 10 rocket launchers and 21 IEDs while searching the​​ Jubba​​ area​​ north of Baghdadi. [Sumaria]

 

SALAHUDDIN

Shirqat

Daesh said on Monday it stopped an Iraqi Army attack in Kan’ous village, killing three Iraqi soldiers and wounding four others. [A3maq] [ICDNSep10]

 

Tikrit

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Jazeera Tikrit, on Sunday. [A3maq] [ICDNSep10]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded PMF members and destroyed their vehicle with an IED near the Speicher Base, on Saturday. [ICDNSep10]

 

Southern Salahuddin​​ (Balad,​​ Dujail)

Samarra Ops Command said on Tuesday that it had arrested 5 terrorists and seized 3 explosives​​ belts in Dujail​​ District. The Samarra Ops Commander said that the belts were intended to be used for terrorist operations during the month of Muharram. [Mawazin]

 

Daesh said it killed a PMF member in clashes in the Tal Al-Dhahab area, near Yathrib, on Saturday. [A3maq] [ICDNSep10]

 

DIYALA

Baquba/Southeast Diyala

Daesh said on Tuesday its snipers killed a tribal PMF member in the Al-Waqf area. [ICDNSep11]

 

Northern Diyala (Kifri, Khanaqin,​​ Khalis​​ north)

Daesh said on Monday it killed two Peshmerga members and an election center monitor in Yusuf Bek village, in Khanaqin. [A3maq]

In another version, Daesh said it captured and then beheaded three Peshmerga members in Yusuf Bek village. [ICDNSep10]

 

KIRKUK

Kirkuk/Dibis

Daesh said it killed or wounded five IFP members and destroyed their SUV with an IED in Sidawa village, near Dibis, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said it killed three Oil Protection Police members, including an officer, wounded another, and destroyed their SUV with an IED in Dibis, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Hawija (Riyadh,​​ Al-Zab,​​ etc.)

A security source says that Daesh fighters entered the village of Al-Hawayej, in Abbasi subdistrict, Hawija​​ District, and killed 2 of its residents. [Sumaria]

 

Daesh said it killed or wounded IFP members in an attack near Sayed Khalaf village, between Riyadh and Kirkuk, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

NINEWA

Makhmur

Daesh said it wounded a PMF fighter with a sticky IED near Sheikh Hamad village, southwest of Makhmur, on Monday. [A3maq]

 

Mosul District

South (Hammam Al-Alil/Shura/Qayara)

Daesh said on Monday it killed Tribal PMF members and damaged their vehicle with an IED near the Hammam Al-Alil Intersection. [ICDNSep10]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed Iraqi Army members and destroyed their Humvee with an IED near the Hammam Al-Alil Intersection. [ICDNSep11]

 

SOUTHERN IRAQ

Basra

The​​ office of the​​ UN​​ High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) expressed concern on Tuesday​​ regarding the situation in Basra, which has seen ongoing demonstrations throughout the past several weeks. Ravina Shamdasani, a​​ UNHCR​​ spokeswoman, said that the demonstrations had escalated since it was discovered that drinking water in the province was contaminated. She said that according to the Ministry of Health, at least 11 people have been killed and over 300 injured in​​ connection with the protests. Shamdasani called on the authorities to investigate all deaths and injuries and hold those responsible accountable. [Mawazin]

 

KURDISTAN​​ NEWS

Campaigns for the Kurdistan Region elections started, with 709 candidates competing for 100 “public” seats (i.e. seats open to all), while 64 candidates are competing for 11 quota seats. The quota seats consist of 5 seats reserved for Turkmen, 5 for Syriac Christians, and 1 for Armenians. 3.1 million voters will be​​ eligible​​ to vote on September 30. [Anadolu]

 

ERBIL

Vice President Mike Pence discussed the Iranian missile attacks in Kurdistan with Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. He described such actions as destabilizing to Iraq. ​​ [Sumaria]

 

SULEIMANIYA

Iranian Army Chief of Staff Mohammad Hussein Bagheri, demanded that Iraq hand over the “Kurdish terrorists” who he said were initiating attacks on Iranian border guards, adding that his country’s attacks will continue. He says that authorities in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region should work on meeting his demand. [Sumaria]

 

The Qatari-owned newspaper​​ Al-Araby Al-Jadeed​​ says that the Iranian Army entered Iraqi territory and took over​​ a mountain in northern​​ Suleimaniya Province. The paper quoted local Suleimaniya and Peshmerga sources. [Sumaria]​​ 

 

REPORTS FROM SYRIA

 

NATIONAL NEWS

United Nations

Panos Moumtzis, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis, denounced the attacks on areas in Idlib, which killed several civilians and forced over 30,000 to leave their homes. He says that a peace agreement must be reached.​​ [Qasioun]

 

The UN Security Council held a session to discuss the situation in Idlib on Tuesday. The French ambassador said that the “war on terror” cannot be a pretext to target civilians, and his country and its allies will respond if​​ chemical weapons​​ are used. [Sumaria]

 

Foreign policy

United Kingdom

The UK Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa,​​ Alistair​​ Burt, says that his country could take part in an attack on Syria if it uses chemical weapons in Idlib, without needing to consult Parliament.​​ [Qasioun]

 

Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the imminent Syrian attack on Idlib will have dire humanitarian and security consequences for Turkey and for Europe. He says that Assad is not aiming to eliminate terrorism, but rather to eliminate all opposition. [Qasioun]​​ 

DaeshDaily comment.​​ We won’t argue with that statement but can’t avoid noting the irony that the same judgment could be made about Erdogan.​​ 

 

Russia/Iran

On Friday, at a meeting arranged by Russia to discuss the outcome of the tripartite summit in Tehran, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that neither Russia nor Iran are serious about achieving a political solution in Syria. [Anadolu]

 

Netherlands

Dutch public TV revealed​​ the​​ surprising information​​ that the Dutch government​​ has​​ supported​​ elements​​ of the “Free Army” in Syria, the most important of which is the Shamiya Front (aka Levant Front).​​ The Shamiya Front has been​​ classified​​ by a Dutch public prosecutor​​ as​​ a​​ terrorist​​ group,​​ and referred​​ to in Dutch court documents as “a​​ Salafijihadi​​ movement​​ seeking​​ to establish an Islamic Caliphate by force.​​ The Dutch provided trucks, outfits, and other military supplies to the​​ group.​​ The TV report came days after the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, announced that the Dutch government had cut all aid to “moderate opposition” groups in Syria.​​ [Dorar]

 

Anti-Daesh campaign

SDF Command announced the start of the last stage of Operation “Euphrates Fury” against Daesh in Deir Ez-Zor, with the participation of the Deir Ez-Zor Military Council, border guards, and YPG, with air support from the Coalition, and in coordination with the Iraqi Army. [Qasioun]

 

The Coalition issued a press release on Tuesday announcing that the SDF had initiated phase 3 of Operation Roundup, the offensive intended to clear Daesh stragglers from northeastern Syria. Phase 3 will target the remaining Daesh fighters in Hajin and rural Deir Ez-Zor east of the Euphrates. [InherentResolve]

 

Coalition spokesman Sean Ryan told an Egyptian paper that the Coalition and SDF are working to end Daesh presence in its last stronghold east of​​ the​​ Euphrates. He declined to set a timetable as “the enemy is highly adaptable.” He estimated the number of Daesh fighters in the area at around 1,000 to 1,500. As for their leader Al-Baghdadi, Ryan says that he has lost his control over Daesh and his arrest​​ would have​​ only a symbolic value. [Sumaria]

 

Northwest

Afrin/Azaz

A land mine explosion killed a child in​​ the village of Tal​​ Sha’er,​​ Afrin, say Kurdish sources. [Hawar]

 

Northeast​​ 

Hasaka

Human Rights Watch issued a report noting the arrests made by the Kurdish autonomous administration against persons opposing it. It says that the administration is “holding members of an opposing political entity without proper legal procedures.” It also says that members of the National Kurdish Council are among the​​ people​​ being arrested arbitrarily. [Qasioun] [HRW]

 

Razan Hadu, the former media advisor to the YPG in Afrin, accused the US of being behind the recent fighting between Asayesh units and the Syrian Army in Qamishli. Hadu was quoted in the Syrian pro-government daily​​ Al-Watan​​ as saying that the incident was not accidental, but premeditated, and that it was caused by the autonomous government deliberately making “catastrophic mistakes” at the behest of the US. The fighting in Qamishli on Saturday is now reported as having killed 13 Syrian Army troops. [Rudaw]

 

Daesh said it killed an SDF member and wounded two others after targeting the commercial office in Shaddadi city with a hand grenade, on Sunday. [A3maq]

 

Central and West​​ 

Idlib/Aleppo

The​​ Daily Beast​​ published an article on Monday saying that the Syrian Army may have to postpone its offensive on Idlib, despite the aid of Russian airstrikes, because Hezbollah and the Iranian militias are withholding their support. The Syrian Army and its allies have about 30,000 troops, but Idlib’s defense has about 100,000, many of whom were forcibly moved there from other areas previously controlled by rebels. [Dorar] [DailyBeast]

 

The Turkish daily​​ Yeni Safaq​​ says that the Turkish Army greatly increased the number of tanks and armored vehicles it had deployed on the border with Syria, as well as deploying artillery pieces and rocket launchers. It says that 30,000 Turkish soldiers are on the borders with Syria now. [Dorar]

 

Tahrir Al-Sham arrested a Daesh leader in Idlib. Sources say Abbuz Hamza Al-Masri, the “Wali​​ of Hama,” was arrested while trying to cross the border​​ from Idlib​​ to Turkey. [Qasioun]

 

Hama

Opposition sources say that government forces executed several soldiers on charges of attempted desertion in Jurin,​​ Al-Suqaylabiyah​​ District, in northern Hama. [Dorar]​​ 

 

Al-Nusra (Tahrir Al-Sham) fighters shelled Hama and its military airport, in addition to the​​ nearby​​ towns of Arza and Maan.​​ The shelling​​ also covered the Al-Qusur neighborhood in Hama. [SyriaNow]​​ 

 

Homs

A report from​​ RT​​ says that a Daesh attack on Syrian Army positions in eastern Homs left 20​​ soldiers dead. This came hours after​​ the​​ announcement of​​ a Syrian government operation to “liberate” desert areas extending from eastern rural Homs to Deir Ez-Zor. [EnabBaladi]​​ 

 

A​​ DaeshDaily​​ source says 17 Syrian Army members, including 3 officers, were killed in a Daesh ambush near Al-Aziziya​​ Valley in the Homs desert.

 

East (Deir Ez-Zor)

Deir Ez-Zor​​ District

Daesh said it killed or wounded SDF intelligence​​ personnel​​ and destroyed their vehicle with an IED in Dhala village, in Busayrah​​ subdistrict, on Sunday. [A3maq] [ICDNSep10]

 

Mayadin​​ District

Daesh said it killed three SDF members, wounded another, and captured a vehicle near Al-Sijan Oilfield, on Sunday. [A3maq] [ICDNSep10]

 

Albu Kamal​​ District

The SOHR reported continued SDF advances against Daesh with the support of Coalition planes in Al-Baghouz and Hajin. It says that the SDF, with the Coalition’s support, is now taking over parts of western and northern Hajin. [SyriaHR]

 

Several SDF fighters were killed or wounded​​ during​​ SDF attacks on Daesh positions in Al-Baghouz and Al-Susah. [Qasioun]

Daesh said on Tuesday it stopped an SDF attack on Al-Baghouz village, in Al-Susah. It said it trapped SDF fighters, killing six fighters, wounding others, capturing one, and forcing the rest to escape. [A3maq]

Daesh issued a video of the clashes and the wounded fighter. [A3maq]

 

Daesh said on Tuesday it killed or wounded SDF members by detonating a parked motorcycle bomb on their bus in Gharanij. [ICDNSep11]

 

South​​ 

Rif Damashq/ Suwayda

The SOHR reported continued battles around the border between Rif Damashq and Suwayda, aimed at ending the presence of Daesh in this area. The SOHR noted an increased​​ level of combat, after 49 days of ongoing fighting, in an attempt to isolate Daesh and place it in a tight area until it surrenders. [SyriaHR]

 

OTHER MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA REPORTS

 

Neighboring countries

Iran

The US advised airline companies to avoid Iranian airspace and use Iraqi airspace instead. They say that Iranian airspace could witness Syria-related air activity. [BasNews]

 

Yemen

Daesh issued on Tuesday a propaganda video about its terrorists in the Aden-Abyan area​​ of Yemen. [ICDNSep11]

 

North Africa

Egypt

Egypt’s Committee for the Custody and Disposal of Funds of Terrorist Groups announced that it had confiscated the funds of 1,589 people associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, including Mohammed Morsi, 1133 civil society organizations, 118 businesses of various types, 104 schools, 69 hospitals, and 33 electronic media outlets. [Anadolu]

 

Libya

On Tuesday, Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack in Tripoli on Monday at the headquarters of the state National Oil Corporation that resulted in 4 deaths (2 employees and 2 attackers) and injured a dozen others. [Anadolu] [Aljazeera]

Daesh’s version said on Tuesday that 3 of its terrorists attacked the National Oil Establishment in Tripoli and clashed with the guards, killing or wounding 37 of them. It said that the terrorists set the building on fire and destroyed its contents before getting killed. [ICDNSep11]

DaeshDaily comment.​​ So if we have this story right, the​​ Rambos​​ killed or wounded 37 armed guards, then finished their job by setting the building on fire, then were mysteriously killed? Daesh journalism is not always convincing, but it is creative.

 

REPORTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

 

AFRICA

Somalia

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed a Somali customs policeman in Bosaso. [A3maq]

Daesh published a photo of the fallen victim. [ICDNSep10]

 

ASIA

Afghanistan

At least 160 people have been killed or wounded in an explosion in eastern Nangarhar​​ Province​​ targeting protesters in Momand​​ Dara District​​ on​​ Tuesday afternoon.​​ The provincial government media office said​​ in a statement that​​ the incident took place in the Dak area of Momand​​ Dara, targeting a gathering of protesters. The statement further added that the attack left at least 32 dead while 128 others sustained injuries.

The incident took place at around 1 pm local time on Jalalabad-Torkham highway in the Dak area as residents of the Shinwar area were protesting and a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a tent where dozens of protesters had gathered, the statement added. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement​​ that​​ the Taliban had no role in the attack. [Khaama] [Khaama]

 

In another account of the same incident, Anadolu also reported that suicide bomber with an explosives belt killed 32 and wounded 128 after targeting protestors in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan. The protests were against the appointment of a local police commander. [Anadolu]

 

The Afghan armed forces have launched fresh operations to eliminate the militants affiliated with Daesh in Chaparhar​​ District​​ in​​ Nangarhar.​​ The provincial government media office​​ issued​​ a statement​​ that​​ provincial​​ police, national police, Afghan intelligence, Afghan commandos, and armed forces from the 4th brigade​​ took​​ part in the operations.​​ The statement further added that the operations kicked off at around 2 am local time on Tuesday and a number of areas have been cleared from the presence of the militants.

The provincial government also said that 5 Daesh militants were killed and as many were wounded during the operation, conducted with support​​ from​​ artillery fire and airstrikes. [Khaama]​​ 

 

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed two Afghan policemen in the Behsud area, in Nangarhar. [ICDNSep10]

 

Pakistan

Daesh said on Monday it shot and wounded a pro-government journalist in Baja Abad village, in Baluchistan. [ICDNSep10]

 

India

Daesh said on Monday it shot and killed an Indian intelligence official in the Baba Dim area in Kashmir. [A3maq]

 

DAESH MEDIA

 

Daesh published on Monday a photo of one of its terrorists, saying he was killed in the Afghanistan-Pakistan area. [ICDNSep10]

 

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